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Wednesday, December 26, 2001

Definitions for cosmopolite

  1. One who is at home in every place; a citizen of the world; a cosmopolitan person.
  2. (Ecology) An organism found in most parts of the world.

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Citations for cosmopolite
At first, Audubon made comparatively little impression in America, but he was an immediate success in Britain, where he presented himself alternately as a rustic backwoodsman and a sophisticated cosmopolite. Alan Fern, New York Times
He was a big-city sophisticate and moved easily in international film circles but, like his exact contemporary, the Japanese novelist Yukio Mishima (also a globetrotting cosmopolite), Pasolini rejected the glossy consumer culture that had made him famous in favor of the standards of an earlier, more rigid and more traditional society. Edmund White, New York Times
Origin of cosmopolite
1590-1600
Cosmopolite comes from Greek kosmopolites, from kosmos, "world" + polites, "citizen," from polis, "city."